When I read this, I was saddened but not surprised. I have sensed a feeling of ‘Them’ and ‘Us’ in this country that I hadn’t felt since ‘Sus’ laws were rife back in my younger days. And those who read me, will know my opinion on the deplorable lack of diversity in our UK TV advertisements. This is now being compounded by adverts that stay just the right side of the line in saying ‘Don’t trust that cheap foreign muck.’ (Staring hard at a spate of Lidl offerings.) It was also a shame that British pride in things British got caught up in the mess of racism and migrant movement during the recent Brexit debacle. Along with Brexit, you will also not be surprised to learn that Donald Trump and the 2016 US elections played no small part in Dictionary.com’s word of the year.

So, this is the news story that inspires our writing prompt this week:

‘Them & Us.’

As always, our writing prompts are yours to interpret as you see fit, and may have nothing to do with this particular inspiration for it. As always, we look forward to reading post-40 bloggers’ considered opinions.

Have a good writing week. Ed

In a year in which the president-elect of the United States made severely restricting Muslim immigration and building a wall between America and Mexico primary parts of his election platform, it’s no surprise that Dictionary.com chose “xenophobia” as its word of the year.

The site defines “xenophobia” as “1.fear or hatred of foreigners, people from different cultures, or strangers; 2.fear or dislike of the customs, dress, etc., of people who are culturally different from oneself.”

In a statement, Dictionary.com noted the underlying theme of major news stories in 2016 led to the choice of “xenophobia.” These stories included the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Brexit vote, police shootings, Syria’s refugee crisis and transsexual rights.

But it wasn’t the recent U.S. election that was the impetus for the largest spike in searches for the word on the site. That honour goes to the “Yes” vote on Brexit with the spike coming on June 24, 2016. (For its part, “Brexit” was Collins Dictionary’s pick for word of the year.)

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